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  • Climate Chaos: How Coal Accelerates Climate Change

    The United States generates almost half its electricity by burning coal -- an outdated, toxic technology that spews pollutants into the air. Coal's carbon dioxide pollution is a major contributing factor to climate change. Coal also emits a host of toxic "conventional pollutants" -- mercury, nitrous oxides, sulfur dioxide, particulate matter and others -- that inflict severe damage on the body's major organ systems. Read more »

  • Fact Sheet: Vector-Borne and Water-Borne Diseases

    Climate change is acknowledged by scientists around the world to be a reality and to be caused primarily by human activity, especially the burning of fossil fuels. As the earth warms, the delicate balance of climate, weather events and life is disrupted. Consequences emerge that threaten health and, ultimately, survival. As the climate changes, vector-borne and water-borne diseases spread. Read more »

  • Fact Sheet: Heat's Deadly Effects

    Climate change is acknowledged by scientists around the world to be a reality and to be caused primarily by human activity, especially the burning of fossil fuels. As the earth warms, the delicate balance of climate, weather events and life is disrupted. Consequences emerge that threaten health and, ultimately, survival. Climate change is likely to increase the frequency of "extreme heat events" or heat waves. Read more »

  • Climate Chaos: Health Implications of Climate Change

    As we continue to burn fossil fuels, the atmosphere warms, and world climate changes. Higher temperatures, changes in precipitation patterns, and rising sea levels lead to more frequent heat waves; more frequent intense storms; increased flooding; in some places, increased drought; loss of shoreline and greater risk from storms in coastal and low-lying areas. These bring increased risk of disease, injury, nutritional deficit, and death. Read more »

  • The Silent Epidemic: Coal and the Hidden Threat to Health

    In The Silent Epidemic, Alan Lockwood, a physician, describes and documents the impacts of the coal fuel cycle on human health. Lockwood’s comprehensive treatment examines every aspect of coal, from its complex chemical makeup to details of mining, transporting, burning, and disposal—each of which generates significant health concerns. Read more »

  • Climate Chaos

    Written thoughtfully for a lay audience, this book by PSR Board member Cindy Parker and psychologist and former journalist Steve Shapiro describes in lay terms how climate change will affect our health if it continues unabated. Read more »

  • What are we learning about the relationship between environmental toxicants and cancer?

    Cancer is a devastating, costly, and widespread disease. How should our regulatory system respond to this information? From PSR's Environmental Health Policy Institute. Read more »

  • What is the most important achievement we've gained through air pollution management? What remains to be done to safeguard public health from air pollution?

    Air pollution is one of the most important environmental health threats of our time, contributing to four of the five leading causes of mortality in the United States: heart disease, cancer, stroke, and chronic lower respiratory diseases. Read more »

  • How does our food production system drive our exposure to toxic chemicals?

    Our mechanized, pesticide-rich, fertilizer-driven food production system has a significant impact on our exposure to toxic chemicals. From PSR's Environmental Health Policy Institute. Read more »

  • Clean, Safe, Renewable Energy: Fantasy, or Our Future?

    The latest Environmental Health Policy Institute poses those questions to advocates and industry specialists from the alternative energy sector. Read more »

 

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